AN: Ok, so here's my second shot at writing a slight KakaRin fic! Basically, the fic will consist of oneshots that are all interrelated and hopefully, you guys will like reading it as much as I will writing it!
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto.
When 14 year-old Kakashi woke up that one particular morning, he had a sensation that the day was going to turn out a little unexpected yet nothing could prepare him for the level of unexpected he was going to be facing.
The day had begun with all the regular morning rituals as Kakashi prepared himself for a meeting with his sensei, more recently known as the Yondaime Hokage. The older man had been meaning to propose a teaching job at the academy for quite some time and it seemed like today he'd finally have the chance to.
Kakashi was just about to leave his house and begin making his way to the Hokage's office when he heard a few bangs on his apartment door. Fully awake and alert, he headed cautiously to the door, unlocking it slowly while pulling out a kunai. What he was met with was not the face of a potential enemy but the face of his teammate Rin, who appeared to be in quite a hysterical state. Her hair was dishevelled and her eyes were red and puffy, with underlying dark bags and Kakashi immediately became worried. He hadn't seen her this upset since Obito's funeral. "What's wrong?" he asked.
At this, Rin started to sob hysterically, making him worry even more. "Th-The-They!" she blubbered. "They! How could they? They did this! How could they? How could this happen?!" she questioned, yelling at the boy in front of her. "They! They!"
"They what? Who are they Rin? What did they do?" He grabbed a hold of her arms, giving her a little shake so that she'd look up at him instead of staring at the ground.
Her eyes travelled along the concrete beneath her, heading up to look him in the eyes. He suddenly regretted making her look up. Her eyes looked so dull, so dead and this really scared him. He now noticed that she was no longer crying and her face had taken a frighteningly distant and apathetic look upon it. The Rin he was looking at now was completely different from the Rin who had knocked on his door. Slowly, she parted her lips and spoke. "They-They…they did this…"
Kakashi hadn't gotten another chance to ask her who they were; Rin had collapsed into him just seconds later. He had become quite shocked and alarmed, yelling her name, hoping she would wake up.
"Rin! Come on Rin, wake up!"
Still no response.
Panicked, he debated about rushing her over to the hospital but concluded that it would be not only difficult but also quite useless. He had just come back from a mission the day before and was still tired; Rin was easily weighing almost as much as he was, so carrying her was just going to take a long time. Besides, the hospital had a surplus of patients ever since the war had started and with all the injured shinobi waiting to have their gashes and wounds healed, he doubted that anyone would make it a priority to take a look at an unconscious girl.
Placing her gently on his bed, he went over to the washroom and wet a cloth with cold water, putting it over her forehead. He thought about what she'd said, or rather, blubbered incoherently at him and although he wasn't sure who they were, he was sure that if he ever met they, they would be getting beaten to a pulp. To his relief, she woke up just a few minutes later, appearing to be in perfectly good health.
Rin regarded her surroundings quizzically. "Where am I?" she asked out loud.
"In my apartment," Kakashi replied.
She gave a jolt of surprise as she realized his presence in the room. "My god, you scared me."
"Sorry," he apologized.
"What am I doing here?"
"I don't know; you just showed up. Don't you remember?"
Rin frowned at him, lost in thought as she tried to go back in her memories to what she last remembered. Suddenly, she got a headache as recent events came flooding back to her. Grunting painfully, she held her head between her two hands, wincing.
"Are you ok?" Kakashi asked, once again worried but not showing it.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Just have a headache," she replied.
Silence passed over them for a variable amount of minutes, only broken when Kakashi glanced up at the clock on his otherwise bare wall. "Shit!" he cursed.
"What is it?"
"I was supposed to meet sensei a few minutes ago," he explained to her.
"Oh, sorry for keeping you. You can go now."
"Are you sure you're ok?" Kakashi asked.
"Yeah, I'm fine."
"Do you want to come with me?"
Although surprised and slightly flattered and flustered by his asking for her to come with him, she politely declined. "I think I'm going to have to pass. I need to rest."
"Ok," he said, waiting for her to get up but she just remained in her position, sprawled across the bed. "Are you going to stay here?" he asked.
She smiled sheepishly. "Do you mind?"
He gave a shrug; he didn't really like people being in his apartment while he was gone but it wasn't like she was a complete stranger or anything. "Just don't destroy the place while I'm gone," he responded jokingly.
She chuckled, replying with an, "Ok, I promise."
Nodding to her, Kakashi left the room and headed towards the Hokage's office. Upon arrival, he noted that it was ok that he was late because his sensei seemed to have just gotten in his office. Knocking on the office's door, he opened it when he heard his sensei call "Come in!"
"Oh, Kakashi!" the older man remarked. "It's good you could make it! How are you holding up?"
"I'm fine," Kakashi replied.
"And how's Rin?"
"I don't know," he answered truthfully without divulging what had just happened. He wanted to know what was going on before he told his sensei that she had shown up practically bawling her eyes out; hopefully, it was something that could easily be fixed. "I think she's ok…"
"Well, be sure to check up on her."
"You're probably wondering why I wanted to speak with you," the Yondaime said. "Lately, many shinobi have been risking their lives and many have ended up dead due to the Earth's advance on our frontlines. A war is going on and we need all the help we can get. That's where you come in."
"Yes, Kakashi, you. What would you think of starting a job at the academy?"
"The academy?" Kakashi asked incredulously. Of all the positions he thought he'd be offered, this was definitely not one he had in mind. Kakashi was terrible with kids, having little patience for their lack of skill or intelligence as he was wound up pretty tightly. What would make his sensei even offer him such a foolish job?
"What? Did you think I was going to make you an ANBU?" his sensei asked.
Kakashi nodded dumbly.
"Well, not just yet. You may be talented but you just don't have the teamwork experience that is needed. Some of the teachers at the academy are more suited for a position like ANBU and we wish to take them in as soon as possible. We've had our eyes on a few candidates for a while now but we needed to find replacements and that's where you come in."
"Uh…" Kakashi trailed off, unsure of what to say. "Why don't you choose Rin for this kind of thing? She loves kids."
"Sadly, Rin's expertise is needed elsewhere. Nearly everyone in the hospital is pulling all-nighters and triple shifts to accommodate the numbers of injured coming in everyday. I plan on calling her in tomorrow to discuss with her a position as vice head nurse. So, what about it Kakashi? Will you take this job?"
"Do I have a choice?" the younger boy asked, half jokingly.
"That's my student! Don't worry; you'll make a fine teacher."
A fine teacher? Kakashi? The mere thought was quite laughable, but Kakashi chose a more witty response than laughing. "Of course I'll be fine; I'm great at everything."
"Haha," his sensei laughed sarcastically, "glad the success isn't going to your head or anything. You're dismissed."
When Kakashi arrived back at his apartment, he noticed that Rin was still asleep. Quietly, he gathered a few ingredients and prepared a small lunch for himself, finishing at around an hour later. Just at that time, Rin woke up as well. Letting the smells of various foods guide her, she waded over to Kakashi's kitchenette.
"What are you making?" Rin asked, and at the sound of her voice, he gave a startled jump, not knowing that she was awake. "Sorry," she added.
"Food," Kakashi answered.
Rin rolled her eyes at his response and looked over his shoulder at the food he had prepared. "Smells good," she commented.
Kakashi gave a sideways glance at her, responding, "Well, it probably won't taste half as good as it smells."
She gave a shrug and moved to the cabinets. "Where do you keep your plates?"
"Over there," he motioned to the lowest cabinet on the right-hand side.
She brushed past him and continued on her way to the plates, while Kakashi took the food off of the stove. The two manoeuvred around each other as though they had been doing it all their lives; everything was so fluid, so natural, and the pair were seemingly comfortable around each other.
Key word: seemingly. He didn't know what it was but something about this particular moment really made Kakashi uncomfortable. Perhaps it was the fact that he didn't like to be close to people, physically and emotionally, and the size of the kitchen was definitely not helping his cause. Then again, maybe it was that he didn't understand how she could be so distraught one moment, apathetic another, and perfectly normal the next; the uncertainty and variation of her emotions must be contributing in some manner to his discomfort. Or maybe, just maybe it was that he wasn't sure why he felt so warm, so normal in this moment. He was uncomfortable about his comfort.
Whatever the reason, his discomfort abruptly ended when Rin took out the plates and cups, moving out of the kitchenette to place them on the small, wooden dining table. The table was to the left of the kitchenette and nearly in the centre of the small main room. The room behind it led to the bedroom and off to the left of the bed, was the bathroom. The table's material was a wood that resembled pine, and had 4 ornate matching chairs. Kakashi emerged from the kitchen just moments later, carrying a small pan of the food and a loaf of bread.
"Eat," he commanded, setting the food down on the table and taking a seat across from her.
Rin obeyed and was pleasantly surprised as she noted how decent of a cook he was. The two ate in silence, each having their own questions but not yet daring to voice them. Finally, after what seemed like hours, Rin broke the silence. "So what did Sensei want to see you for?"
Kakashi nearly laughed as he remembered what he considered the recent and absurd meeting with his Sensei about a job at the academy. "He wanted to assign me a job," he told her, trying to make the situation sound more important than it was.
"What kind of job?" she prodded.
"…A teaching job."
"You? Teaching? What, at the academy?"
Rin stifled a laugh.
She smiled apologetically. "Sorry, but I would never take you for the teaching type."
"I didn't really have a choice."
"Sensei's going to want to talk with you tomorrow as well."
"Why? Do I get a teaching job too?"
"I think yours has something to do with the hospital."
"Hm," she nodded thoughtfully, "that's not that bad."
Neither had anything to say; thus, silence quickly enveloped them. Kakashi had wanted to ask about her state when she'd shown up at his place earlier, but upon giving her a glance and seeing her features so peaceful, he decided to postpone his interrogation. Watching the clock, he saw minutes, hours goes by until he knew that it was getting too late to be able to postpone any longer. Taking a deep breath, he asked her, "What happened?"
"What do you mean?" Rin asked, obviously confused at the sudden question.
"You don't usually come by crying."
"Oh, that," was the only response he received and silence once again engulfed them.
"You going to tell me anything?" he bluntly inquired.
"No," she replied simply, staring down at the floor. "Can I stay with you for a little while?"
"Huh?" Kakashi nearly fell back out of his chair from surprise.
Rin seemed to have mistaken his surprise for anger or something else because she immediately turned red and went back to looking at the tiled floor. "It would only be for a bit, just until I could get my stuff together."
"Uh, don't you have any family you could stay with?" He wasn't opposed to the idea of her living in the same apartment, partly because he knew that she wouldn't just ask for any reason. If she was asking to stay, it probably meant that something happened which rendered her incapable of finding a place to live. Still, it was a good idea in his mind to check with her first and make sure there weren't any other options; after all, his apartment was small and not in the best condition. Surely a family member could provide a more adequate place of residence.
At his question, Rin tensed and began to stare even more intently at the tiles, seemingly fascinated with them; either that or just too embarrassed to look up. "My dad lives in another country…and my mom…" she trailed off.
Noticing the change in her voice, Kakashi knew he had hit a touchy subject and needed to apologize. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to pry but it's just that my apartment's kind of small and it's not in one of the best neighbourhoods," he voiced to her his true concerns.
Rin gave a sigh; she had originally been a bit more than embarrassed at asking him but now this Q&A session they were having had begun to piss her off. "Can I stay with you?" she asked again, her tone hardened at the beginning but became soft at the end, knowing how she was supposed to act when asking for a huge favour such as this.
"You sure you have no where to go?" Kakashi could almost kick himself for asking such a stupid question. Of course she didn't have anywhere or else she wouldn't have come to him.
"I got evicted from my apartment," she told him, confirming his idea. "Like I said, it wouldn't be for very long, just until I could get myself another place and some more money."
"Yeah; yeah, you can stay," Kakashi gave his final reply after a few minutes of thought. Of course, it should have been a no-brainer; one of your friends comes up to your house, in hysterics, tells you they have no place to stay and they're one of the few people you have left in this world; obviously you can't turn them down.
Upon hearing his final answer, Rin jumped out of her seat, tears brimming her eyes yet a giant smile on her face and told him, "Thank you so much!"
As he stood up, she jumped at him and gave him a short but rather tight hug. "Uh, no problem," he answered, eyes wide.
"Ok," she told him excitedly, heading towards the door, "so I'll go and get a few of my stuff and I'll be back in about half an hour. I promise I'll be the best roommate ever! And of course I'll pay for half the rent and groceries and whatnot. I have no issues with paying my share of anything; it's just I can't really afford a decent place right now. Again, thank you so much!" and with that she darted out the door, leaving Kakashi standing in the apartment, wondering if it would be to his benefit or not that she'd be staying.
True to her word, Rin appeared back half an hour later, 2 large cardboard boxes hiding her face. Carefully, she set them down near the kitchen table while Kakashi gave her the official tour of the house.
"Well, here's the kitchen but I'm sure you know everything about it already. The living room is just an old couch and a coffee table but I hardly ever use it so it's not that old. Hope you're not expecting anything too great; this place is pretty in the dumps."
"I think it's perfect Kakashi," Rin smiled at him, grateful that he'd given her a place to stay. "The walls are white and you have big windows so you must get quite a lot of light in here!"
"Yeah," he agreed, "it can get pretty sunny. Now this is the bedroom; I've emptied out a few drawers so you can put your things in there and last but not least, the bathroom. It's pretty simple but there's a few things you need to know: first off, our building's indoor plumbing sucks. If you want hot water, make sure that you cannot hear any water running through the pipes and for the shower you need to turn the knob all the way and then pull the little acorn thing."
"Got it. Thanks again for letting me stay and you know what? You've got a pretty nice place."
Kakashi snorted disbelievingly at her comment.
"No seriously!" she continued. "With a little fixing, this place could look really nice! I really like the wall panelling in the bedroom; it's pretty unique!"
Rin gave a tired yawn. "I'm kind of sleepy; let's worry about putting my things away tomorrow. Since it's the weekend, you won't have to work at the academy."
"Ok," he nodded, "but we still have to figure out where you'll sleep. I only have one bed."
"But it's made up of two mattresses; can't I sleep on one and you sleep on one?"
"Well, they're pretty old so the springs that are popping out will scratch you if we each take one. It's ok, I'll sleep on the table."
"On the kitchen table? That's ridiculous Kakashi! You're too tall for that table! I'll take it since I'm shorter," Rin said and made her way over to the table.
Kakashi held his arm out, stopping her. With a serious look in his eyes, he said, "No way. You're not sleeping on the table."
Not wanting to listen or answer to her questions, he simply yet firmly commanded, "Take the bed."
Seeing that she wasn't going to make him budge from his ideas, she heaved a defeated sigh and took her place on the bed. "Fine," she pouted, "but we're fixing the whole mattress thing tomorrow."
Kakashi nodded in agreement and as he was about to walk out of the room, her voice stopped him. "Good night and thanks again."
"'Night," he replied as he shut off the apartment's lights.
AN: Did you guys like it? Dislike it? Let me know!